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  1. I get that there's this football axiom that ANY QB should choose ANY potential starting job with ANY team or there's something wrong with him but isn't that more trite than wisdom? It's MIA so you can forgive people if they "take the under" on that being a good situation this year. It doesn't look like it was a "you're our new QB" type contract offer either. If I'm Bridgewater, I would rather risk the negative perception that I turned down a starting gig (which was more chance to compete) than the stink of a dismal season in MIA.
  2. In traditional football terms, AB is an anti-hero. I think deep down some people want (or even expect) him to be Larry Fitzgerald. Clearly he's not. He doesn't appear to attach any value to the non-statistical side of his football legacy. I doubt this is the catalyst that sends the league spiralling into chaos but it does make me wonder - what if every star started conducting their business like this?
  3. I would also add that across all professional sports, younger players are increasingly better positioned to step in and perform shoulder to shoulder with those vets. The "green" rookie of today is not nearly as green as years ago.
  4. Never hit a woman is a cultural axiom. What is disturbing to me is this whole If you can't handle me at my worst you don't deserve me at my best stereotype that has also taken root. In a perfect world people should not hit other people (or burn their houses down) and people who do those things should be punished equally but culturally we just aren't there.
  5. This is the crux of it to me. By most tangible measurements he should be happy. Disappointed they haven't had more play-off success? Sure but disappointed and Enfant terrible are two different things. If he goes to another team I would bet against it being a better football situation or a better situation for someone who appears to need a lot of "appreciation". If he isn't content in a perennial "cover of Madden" type situation how will he feel about playing out what should be the apex of his career in relative obscurity?
  6. His next employer needs to be wary I think. Maybe this is strictly a matter of specific relationships between certain individuals that have soured beyond repair and it won't repeat with his next team. Then again maybe it's only a matter of time before his next coach/QB/team mate "disrespects" him and the circus resumes.
  7. Since it can't happen and there are no theoretical conditions to accompany the theoretical scenario, I think the question really comes down to How good is Trevor Lawrence? If you think he's the next Luck or Marino or Manning then the opportunity cost of the two years is worth the reward.
  8. As a hockey goalie, shootouts aren't much different from this in that stopping consecutive "penalty shots" is part of the job just as making kicks is the kicker's job. As far as having to make two in a row goes, you expect to make all of them in a row. There's gamesmanship and psychology here (real or perceived) but to me it's just another independent event. Can a professional golfer drive one down the middle of the fairway on the 18th tee at Augusta or not? To what extent does it matter if he did it on the previous 6 holes or the previous 3 days?
  9. Devil's Advocate, maybe he and his agent read the market as "not great" and he stays where he is for another year? With Brady and all the QB class of 2004 guys starting to come into retirement conversations, delaying the "getting paid" party a year might not be terrible. Is being 31 that much worse if you're already 30? It seems like Garoppolo held the title of "most eligible bachelor" behind Brady for years. I doubt another year in Philly would tarnish Foles much...
  10. Lots of reasonable deductions happening here and they all point to a significant problem. We know what is generally important to players - being paid, fame. individual and team success etc and you can tick all those boxes with AB. Being insufficiently "appreciated" just sounds like a child who wants to see how far they can push "mom and dad" purely for the sport of it. That's a bad situation for a team in a window to win. Sure Pitt can take things away from him but the effectiveness of that is contingent on him actually caring about the things they can take away.
  11. This is the juggling act of keeping a locker room under control, a "Steeler Way" culture intact yet still try to win a football game. Long term you could argue they should have suspended AB and/or told him to have a seat on the bench - for a quarter, a half, whatever - short term consequence be damned. Instead you now have a "diva" who's probably thinks there's a rule set for him and a different one for everyone else. The Bell situation was a mess but at least money was at the core of it. This sounds like a snowflake who just isn't "happy".
  12. If he's having a meltdown because he didn't win an internal MVP award (which is sounding pretty plausible), the real question is, what do you do with a guy like that? As someone noted up thread, he's both paid and fed (volume wise). Can you ever really make a guy like this feel "special" enough?
  13. Purely speculation on my part but when you strip away all the "misdirection" of missing the play-offs and personal squabbles, I suspect AB just doesn't like being the "1A" receiver on the team instead of the clear "1"...
  14. There is also the "between the ears" factor which is difficult to assess, guys who have the drive and work ethic to stay great and compile a significant career. Injuries shorten a lot of careers but some players just seem to lose the stomach for it, get paid, etc. Who's the next Larry Fitzgerald between the ears? As a fan, I tend to assume all these guys want to play until they can't but I'm not sure that's true...
  15. His birth certificate says he's young but on the other hand, he's also been a starter from day one apart from the times he's been bench-ably bad. A couple consecutive games of "good Jameis" provides no comfort that "bad Jameis" won't suddenly reappear. He's a tremendous physical talent when he isn't throwing "what on earth did you see there?!?" type interceptions. Can you coach that out of him at this point? Colour me skeptical...